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Developing educational practices


NB Language spoken in course is Dutch unless English-speaking students participate

Admission requirements

This course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in the following Bachelor courses: Leren en leraar en Ontwikkelen van krachtige leeromgevingen.


This course is concerned with developing educational practices in a double sense: it studies backgrounds, meanings and consequences of changes occurring in educational institutions and the educational field, and it takes stock of interventions designed to enhance learning and instruction in such institutions. The Dutch educational system witnesses a period of profound changes under the influence of the turn towards a knowledge society, global competition, technological innovation, new public management, the redressing of social relations between stakeholders in the educational field (teachers, pupils, parents, educational management and the state), and the continuous stream of educational and technological innovations geared towards the improvement of teaching and learning. Crucial changes are related to the heightened importance of ‘performativity’ (performance of pupils, teachers and schools; methods of testing and assessing, systems of performance monitoring, systems of accountability of educational institutions), the introduction of inclusive education (redressing the balance between regular and special education, catering for special needs students, pupils of different attainment levels, and social and cultural backgrounds), new insights in the field of learning and instruction (for instance pertaining to powerful learning environments including ICT-applications, co-operative learning, peer feedback and assessment, or the role of motivational or neurological processes in pupil learning), and, last but not least, to the teaching staff (the professional status of their work, their professional development, their capacities for both individual and team work) and the organization of educational institutions (their school effectiveness, their role in teacher development, their educational visions). The course will be organized around the critical study of a selection of such practical changes and innovative designs. Inthis context, it will also deal with background knowledge with regard to educational systems and educational policies.

Course objectives

The objectives of the course are to:

  • Develop critical awareness and understanding of the theory theoretical backgrounds of and empirical insights about the educational changes and interventions mentioned above and about the educational field (achievement levels 1-4);

  • Appreciate the effects, advantages and disadvantages of these changes and
    interventions across a range of contexts (3);

  • Acquire and practise skills in the critical analysis and evaluation of these changes and interventions (4);

  • Create opportunities for participants to evaluate critically the relevant literature (5, 6);

  • Enable participants to develop an understanding of the links and tensions between theory and practice (10-12);

  • Appreciate the complex moral dimensions of developing educational practices(16-19).

The formulated general Master achievement levels are applicable to this course in various degrees.



Mode of instruction

Lectures, work groups, individual assignments.

Assessment method

  • Presentation

  • Individual Paper


During this course Blackboard will be used.

Reading list

Study material will consist of recent book chapters as well as primary research articles from leading journals in education and psychology.
All articles will be digitally available on Blackboard a few weeks before the beginning of the course.


Please note that separate uSis registration is mandatory for lectures, seminars, exams and re-exams. Student who do not register, cannot attend courses or take exams.


  • Registration for the lectures of the course is possible as of two months through one week before the first lecture at the latest;

  • Registration for the seminars of the course is possible as of two months through one week before the first seminar at the latest.


Student must register for each exam through uSis. This is only possible until 10 calendar days before the exam. More information on exam registration

Contact information

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